Wandering The Globe…

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Have fun. Be active. Ride a Bike….~Dan Buettner

Family time. Live. Love. Laugh.

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Travel. Explore. Excite!

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Viking Cave Phi Phi Ley

Viking Cave is one of the most notable sites on Koh Phi Phi Ley. Located at the bottom of a tall limestone cliff on the northeastern side of the island, it takes roughly 30 minutes to get there by long-tail boat from Tonsai Bay (the main pier in Phi Phi Islands). Known as Tham Phaya Nak in Thai, Viking Cave owes its name to the paintings found on the eastern southern walls of the cave: they represent various types of boats, including what resembles a Scandinavian drakkar. These paintings are certainly quite recent, and were possibly realised by sailors taking shelter in the cave during a storm. Visiting Viking Cave also allows you to discover one of the most profitable local industries: the hunting/harvesting of swiftlet birds’ nests. Particularly prized in Chinese culture, these edible nests are believed to promote good health and to be specifically good for the skin. A local legend says that long time ago, sailors lost their boat during a storm and got stuck without food on one of the limestone islands lying in the mouth of the Phang Nga Bay. A cave located on this island was home to a colony of swiftlet, and the men could survive by eating their nests which gave them enough power to wait for rescue. The harvest of bird’s nests is rather a risky job: scaffolds are built with bamboo on which the hunters climb in the darkness to collect these precious items. Bird’s nests are sold, on average, for US $2500 per kilo.

 

Explore. To Travel Is To Learn…

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Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

The temple is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest centre for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognised by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. It houses a school of Thai medicine, and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai 🇹🇭massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.

Travel’s Voyage To Malaysia…

 

Established as an entrepôt by Francis Light of the British East India Company in 1786, George Town was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia. Together with Singapore and Malacca, George Town formed part of the Straits Settlements, which became a British crown colony in 1867. It was subjugated by Japan during World War II, before being recaptured by the British at war’s end. Shortly before Malaya attained independence from the British in 1957, George Town was declared a city by Queen Elizabeth II, making it the first city in the country’s modern history. Hence, the colonial architectural reference.. (see photos). Due to the intermingling of the various ethnicities and religions that arrived on its shores, George Town acquired a large eclectic assortment of colonial and Asian architectural styles. It also gained a reputation as Malaysia’s gastronomic capital for its distinct and ubiquitous street food. Moreover, the city hosts unique cultural heritage, such as the Peranakans whose legacies are still visible on Penang’s architecture and cuisine.

Today, George Town is Malaysia’s most vital medical tourism hub, receiving approximately half of the nation’s medical tourists.(see photo). The city, home to numerous Malaysian and international banks, has evolved into the financial centre of northern Malaysia.

Travel. The Trips. The Bug…

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South Seas Island Resort

My family and I got the travel bug. It’s time to plan an epic adventure! We learnt from an early age that traveling is insightful and enjoyable. This year we experienced a hectic winter and spring. Thank God for job security in the insurance claims industry, but we are still recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Travel Trips

That said. there are different types of trips we can getaway to enjoy.  There are:

  • The Famous girls trip
  • Father-son trips
  • Extended family trips
  • Mom and the boys trip
  • Mother-daughter trips
  • Solo trips
  • Couples trips

So many different trips! So which do you dare to take this Summer? What’s your plan?